At Lightmap, we enjoy doing customer surveys to understand what you love about HDR Light Studio and what you want us to improve. We are grateful to our customers who took time to complete the survey and share some amazing insights. It will definitely help us shape the software in future.
Innovative computer graphics lighting tool adds revolutionary new Area Lights feature.
1st March 2016 – Today, Lightmap announced the immediate availability of HDR Light Studio version 5.3. This new release adds ‘Area Lights’ to its feature set, allowing users to interactively create and control both HDRI Map and set of Area Lights with the same ‘artist friendly’ ease of use that has made HDR Light Studio a favourite lighting tool with professional 3D artists world-wide.
The ‘Maya’ Connection is the first to take advantage of the new Area Lights feature, supporting all leading renderers: MentalRay, V-Ray, Maxwell, Arnold, Octane, Redshift, RenderMan and Iray for Maya.
3ds Max, Cinema 4D, Modo and Nuke/Octane Connections will be updated soon to support the new area lights feature.
“We are very excited about the HDR Light Studio 5.3 release. The ability to control both the environment map and area lights using one unified lighting workflow is a totally unique approach and a significant evolution of our software. In fact it’s the biggest update we have ever made” says Mark Segasby, Lightmap CEO. “Our customers love how fast they can block out lighting and adjust it using HDR Light Studio’s interactive HDRI map, and how fast this renders. By adding the ability to promote a light from the HDRI map into 3D, users can use all of HDR Light Studio’s controls and content to light details on their models too.”
Left: Area Lights in the Maya scene Right: Area Lights lighting effect
Left: Just the HDRI map lighting Right: Area Lights and HDRI map lighting together
Hi Jeremy, could you tell me in a few sentences what ‘Dekode’ does and who you do it for?
We’re a UK based award winning industrial design consultancy working in sectors ranging from consumer electronics, medical and scientific through to transport. We enjoy a central role in the design strategy and brand expression made by some of the world’s leading manufacturing companies. Our experience ranges from digital cameras for Philips and audio products for Grundig to aircraft interior work for Virgin Atlantic. We are proud to have won both Red Dot and IF design awards for the last four years running for our work with audio brand Revo (www.revo.co.uk).
The HDR Light Studio Live Connection for 3ds Max has had a significant upgrade and is available for download today.
The first release supported a live workflow with V-Ray only. Now 3ds Max users can enjoy a real-time HDR Light Studio workflow with: MentalRay, iRay, V-Ray, Maxwell Render, Octane Render and Thea Render. The plug-in also supports 3ds Max / 3ds Max Design – 2013 and 2014 releases.
In addition, the new plug-in has also been unified into a single panel for Live controls and Scene Sync to LiveLight. Plus the installation has been simplified into a single installer exe file.
The updated 3ds Max Live connection requires HDR Light Studio 4.2 (also released today).
The new plug-in a free update to all version 4 customers and is included with HDR Light Studio 4 – Complete.
Maxwell Studio + HDR Light Studio 4 Live are now compatible on Windows, Mac OSX and Linux platforms
The latest Maxwell Studio 2.7.20 installers for Max and Linux support HDR Light Studio 4. No special plug-in is required, simply install Maxwell Studio and HDR Light Studio 4 (Full or Demo) on the same machine. Maxwell Studio will see the HDR Light Studio 4 installation and can launch it in Live mode for interactive image based lighting in Maxwell Studio using the FIRE preview.
Big thanks to the Next Limit team for their excellent partnership and support with this integration. We are delighted that Mac and Linux users can now take advantage of this compatibility.
Unique New Solution to Provide Simple and Powerful Lighting Approach to the Creation of Photo-quality Renders
LONDON – March 9, 2011 – Lightmap Ltd., makers of HDR Light Studio, and Next Limit Technologies, creators of Maxwell Render, are excited to announce HDR Light Studio Live for Maxwell Render, a new plugin that provides users with a totally new approach to lighting objects. This software will aid the visualization process for jewellery, product and automotive designers by adding interactive real-time lighting, reflection design and HDRI environment augmentation within Maxwell Studio.
HDR Light Studio Live is designed specifically for HDRI lighting design and enables the replication of a studio photography experience. Containing over 100 pictures lights, the plugin includes a wide range of studio light source captures for added realism and provides the perfect solution to replace product photography of consumer goods, jewellery and cars. Continue reading